Listing hopes dashed for Redcar Library
Architecture minister John Penrose has ignored advice from English Heritage and refused listing for ABK’s Redcar Central Library paving the way for the 1970s building to be torn down.
Penrose said his decision, which follows a last-ditch attempt by the Twentieth Century Society to have the building listed, was influenced by the library’s roof structure, which he said required “constant attention throughout its lifespan; and changes to the roof structure which have compromised the building’s interest”.
Peter Ahrends, founding partner at ABK and co-designer of the library, said the decision was out of kilter with the current economic climate. “At a time of all these cuts, when we ought to be taking care of what we have and taking a view of the whole life cycle of buildings,” he said.
Redcar & Cleveland Council has already moved the library services and will now demolish the structure, making way for a £31 million leisure development designed by S&P Architects.